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An Old Irish Blessing

May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

After racing all over Great Britain for two weeks, we set our sights on the greener pastures, if you will, of Ireland!  Back in the summer of 1985 I had plans to take a ferry from the shores of France to Cork, Ireland but found the allure of Paris to be too much for a wide-eyed 21 year-old!  So I sold my ferry ticket to a friend and with the proceeds decided to purchase palette knife paintings on display on the travertine steps of the Sacre Coeur Basilica thus never making it to the Emerald Isle, that is until now! 

What a veritable feast Ireland is!  We rented a car in the capital city of Dublin and proceeded to investigate and discover the plethora of gems this island has to offer.  If you find yourselves in Ireland any time soon don't miss out on throwin' down a pint at the Temple Bar in Dublin's Cultural Quarter; endowing yourself with the "gift of gab" by kissin' the Blarney Stone; exploring the ancient structures of the Rock of Cashel and nearby Hore Abbey; peering bravely over the steep bluffs of the most impressive Cliffs of Moher; searching monastic graveyards in hopes of finding Celtic High Crosses; driving the skinny and winding roads of the magnificent Dingle Bay Peninsula; spending at least two glorious nights at the magical Dromoland Castle Hotel!  Do any combination of the above and I promise that you will be in for quite the memorable adventure!  Feel free to call me and express your limitless and fervent gratitude!

Bail ó Dhia ort!

(Gaelic) The blessing of God on you!

Especially during this time of year!

-- Ken Carlson --